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A Sociology of Policing and Police-Community Relations at the London 2012 Olympics

This project will investigate Olympic-related policing and crime in the London borough of Newham, where the Olympic village and stadium are being built.

We have obtained exceptional access to all levels of the Newham police force, and have been conducting extensive preliminary fieldwork with local police, and across the borough, since April 2007. More specifically:

  • we shall investigate how the police define, monitor, contain, investigate and solve 'Olympic related' crime
  • we shall also explore the forms of Olympic-related crime that are prioritised by police; and how Olympic related policing connects to urban policing strategies, notably in relation to large public thoroughfares and major events
  • we shall examine Olympic-related relationships that are established by Newham police with other police, security and emergency services
  • we shall explore the broader impacts of the Olympics in Newham in regard to: criminal activities and opportunity; local criminal markets (eg identity-theft, business fraud, drug markets); and, the wider night-time economy
  • we shall examine the local impact of Olympic-related policing, and explore police-community relations as these unfold before, during and after the Olympic Games.